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WIGGLE ROOM

I don’t know where I heard this metaphor about grief — that it’s like a ball in a box with a button inside. When loss is fresh and raw, it’s as if the ball and box are nearly the same…

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PLACING TRUST

I was reminded recently of Aristotle’s assertion that to extend trust is more valuable than to be trustworthy.  I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit, because I find it so darned provocative.  It was an especially unexpected and interesting…

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AND ANOTHER THING…

I’m not coming up with my usual smart answers. I’ve been racking my noggin’ to craft a clever and pithy framing for it all. I’ve scoured shelvesful of poetry and mysticism. I spent half a morning opening various spiritual books…

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MIND THE GAP

I was utterly charmed by the way English was spoken in London — the particular words and phrases we’d hear every day, the “Britishisms.” Sometimes I’m sort of a sponge with my environment, so I had to watch out for…

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THE BEAUTY OF IT

There was a video on social media a few weeks ago in which a high-school student filmed her classmates and teachers, stopping them in the hallways and classrooms and cafeteria, telling them: “I am working on a project about things…

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Mystic or Manilow?

Several years ago I created a short quiz for a class I was teaching. I presented participants with lines of verse — some were contemporary pop lyrics, others were bits of sacred poetry from various traditions — and invited them…

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BIG TIME

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” - Madeleine L’Engle I’ve got a big birthday coming up next week. Fifty. Five-Oh. I’m a bit boggled by it. Frankly, it’s a…

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PEEP ON

You’ve probably heard the old story about the farmer whose horse ran away. When they heard, the farmer’s neighbors gathered to commiserate; they said, “How unfortunate!” The farmer replied, “Maybe. We shall see…” Within a couple of days the horse…

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